Road upgrade paves way for biggest trucks

A long stretch of Poland’s N4 national road is being upgraded to improve traffic flow and safety. Once the work is completed in 2011, heavier traffic will also be accommodated.

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Located in south-eastern Poland, the almost 55 km-long stretch of road covered by this project runs from the village of Machowa to the town of Łańcut. It lies on an important east-west national road that forms part of the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Network’s Corridor III, running from Ukraine to Germany.

Construction and refurbishment

Co-funded by the EU’s Cohesion Fund, the project to upgrade the Machowa to Łańcut section was finally approved in May 2010. It addresses one of the region’s most dangerous and congested roads and is part of a series of work for the construction and upgrading of the N4 national road there. The main goals are to improve traffic flow and safety, as well as the quality of this stretch of the TEN-T Corridor for transit vehicles.

Work begins in 2010 and should last 15 months. The road surface will be strengthened to enable it to carry heavy trucks with a maximum axle load of 115 kN, in line with the EU standards. Also planned are improvements to road infrastructure, with redesigns of junctions (including left-turn lanes), new traffic islands, alterations to bus-stop bays, and additional overtaking lanes.

A stronger, safer road

When the work is completed, the upgraded Machowa to Łańcut section will be around 54.9 km in length. It will allow the transit of heavier vehicles and thus avoid the road damage suffered here before as a result of their passage. Users will also benefit from a much safer road, thanks to the numerous infrastructure improvements and enhanced signage. Local traffic congestion bottlenecks should become a thing of the past, while the environment will benefit from newly installed noise barriers and other measures.

The main users of this new stretch are expected to be local residents, EU and Ukrainian citizens passing through the region, as well as tourists heading for the Bieszczady Mountains. It is estimated that some 22 000 vehicles a day will use this stretch in the first full year of operation in 2011, including around 16 000 cars, 2 760 vans, 2 850 trucks and 250 buses.

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